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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The State of Retiree Health Benefits: Historical Trends and Future Uncertainties

Tricia Neuman, Vice President and Director of the Medicare Policy Project for the Kaiser Family Foundation, testified on Monday, May 17, at a U.S. Senate Committee on Aging hearing on issues relating to retiree health coverage, “Access to Adequate Health Insurance: How Does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Recent Rule…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Selected Findings on the New Medicare Prescription Drug Law

This chartpack includes recent survey results on the Medicare prescription drug law and seniors' use of the Internet.Chartpack (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Summary/Chartpack: National Survey of Pharmacists and National Survey of Physicians, Findings on Medicare Part D

This document highlights key data from separate surveys of pharmacists and physicians related to the new Medicare drug benefit. Chartpack (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Part D Spotlight: Part D Plan Availability in 2011 and Key Changes Since 2006

This initial analysis examines the private stand-alone Part D drug plans will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2011 and provides an early look at key trends in the options, premiums, and other plan characteristics. It finds that the average Medicare beneficiary will have a choice of 33 Part D…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

A Comparison of Proposed and Final Regulations Governing Medicare Part D Plan Enrollment and Part D Benefit Appeal and Grievance Procedures

This table highlights changes in the appeal and grievance procedures included in the proposed and final regulations implementing the drug benefit. It was prepared for the Foundation by Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., of the George Washington University School of Public Health.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act Implementation Timeline: June 2004 – December 2006 Key Dates

Key Implementation Dates for the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThis timeline presents important dates and deadlines of key implementation activities related to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). It runs from the beginning of 2005 through the end of 2006, the first year of the new…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Tracking Poll Finds Seniors Split on Medicare Drug Benefit

Tracking Poll Finds Seniors Now Split on Medicare Drug BenefitThis August tracking survey shows modest progress in seniors’ knowledge about the Medicare drug benefit. Also, for the first time, the tracking poll shows seniors are as likely to say that they have a favorable impression of the drug benefit as…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan: Are Medicare Beneficiaries Choosing Low-Cost Plans?

Since 2006, Medicare beneficiaries have had the opportunity to choose from among dozens of plans to get the Part D prescription drug benefit, facing wide variation in benefits, premiums and cost-sharing. The array of choices, with more than 50 stand-alone drug plans in many states, could allow beneficiaries to select…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Exceptions and Appeals Process: Issues and Concerns in Obtaining Coverage Under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit

This issue brief describes how Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare Part D exceptions, appeals, and grievances processes to get access to medically necessary prescriptions not covered under their Medicare prescription drug plans. It identifies and describes policy issues that may make it difficult for beneficiaries to utilize the processes.Issue Brief…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Medicare Drug Benefit: Beneficiary Perspectives Just Before Implementation – Toplines

These toplines provide the complete results from a comprehensive survey of seniors on their understanding of and views toward the Medicare drug benefit. The survey of 802 seniors was conducted in late October 2005, prior to the start of the benefit’s open enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 15, 2005…

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